Welcome to the Forgotten Women of Wakefield project. Led by Dream Time Creative, this grassroots project is working tirelessly to unearth stories of women erased from our city’s history and to celebrate their achievements in the form of ensuring Blue Plaque Parity and creative upskilling of the local community.
New Project Funded!
We are thrilled to annouce we have been awarded £10,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for “Petticoat Patrimony”. The project will allow us to explore the lives of three historical black women from Wakefield, Ann, Charles Waterton’s wife, and Eliza and Helen Edmonstone, his sisters-in-law. These stories have never been told before.
Our New Book: Clara Clarkson’s Merrie Wakefield!
Within the pages of ‘Clara Clarkson’s Merrie Wakefield’, the reader will enjoy a faithful reproduction of Ann Jacques’ ‘Merrie Wakefield’ but will also have the benefit of extensive research by historian Helga Fox to accompany them as they are transported back in time.
This book also contains creative responses to Clara’s journals by writer Sarah Leah Cobham, with visual interpretations by artists Shannon S. Wishon and Zainab Jode. The book also details aspects of the award winning film ‘Clara’ written by Caleb Shepherd, directed by Anastasia Arsentyeva, and produced by Dream Time Creative. The film reimagines parts of Clara’s journals to create a gripping drama.
‘Clara Clarkson’s Merrie Wakefield’ is offered as an ongoing piece of work and a gateway into Clara Clarkson’s life for the reader to enjoy and cherish.
Other Recent Projects!
Announcing the Louisa Fennell Walking Trail. If you visit Wakefield city centre you may now see our canvases dotted around the city at key sites that Louisa painted.
Find out more about this exciting and culturally important project here.
Click the poster to visit our Dream Time Creative facebook event page to watch a live presentation to discover who Wakefield’s artist & painter, Louisa Fennell (1847-1930) was.
We will see Louisa’s paintings in situ at the map sites as she saw and painted her environment in our city so long ago.
The pilot of Clara , a dramatisation based on the life of Clara Clarkson that has been created by the FWW project, premiered at two live screenings on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2020 at the Mechanics’ Theatre in Wakefield.
Clara won the “Best Short Film” catagory at The Hastings Film Festival. See the trailer here!